Solid progress for Byrne in USA

The Althea Ducati rider produces one of his best performances of the season on the way to sixth and seventh at Miller Motorsports Park
Shane Byrne gave his ailing World Superbike campaign a small boost with a pair of ascending rides at Miller Motorsports Park.

The former British Superbike champion had hoped to join Althea Ducati team-mate towards the front of the field at Miller Motorsports Park, but after a good performance during free practice, he could only qualify 11th on the grid.

Furthermore, his cause in race one was hampered by Jakub Smrz's expiring Ducati, Byrne forced off the circuit as he hit the oil being emitted from the bike ahead.

Despite this, Byrne fought back valiantly and just as rivals ahead back to struggle with tyre problems towards the end he managed to make up five positions in just four laps to cross the line sixth.

Adding a seventh place finish in race two, Byrne's performance sees him equal his previous best for the season at Portimao, form he hopes he can build on over the remainder of the season.

"The bike felt very good and I was happy with the set-up”, said Shane. “I found that the level of grip varied between race 1 and race 2, it was better in the first. But I've taken some good points and this makes me more determined as we enter the second half of the championship.

Tagged as: Ducati , Althea , Byrne , Miller

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June 02, 2010 1:25 PM

geordie lad,Checa makes EVERYONE look stupid or at least he did this weekend and for that he should have been rewarded with at least one win.I agree with mk1tt16v,i thought Shakey would be better this season and am surprised he's not.

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June 02, 2010 5:52 PM

LoL Shicanes lack of talent in pushing a bike to its limit (unlike Charlie Checa) has paid off. For once as every other riders tyres fell off a cliff, Shicanes tyres would have hardly lost the pirelli sticker. Hope he doesn't get the sack as he will need the money to pay off the crooks who supplied his mail-order eastern european wife. Whats an Armchair retard? is it a lazy-boy that has learning difficulties?

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